How can I extract files backed up with Windows 7 to my external hard drive?

Lori Harpster December 31, 2012
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So here is my story. I have a Seagate 1TB Back up Plus and I wanted to back up my Windows 7 HP Laptop and also make an image of the drive. I did that, then installed Windows 8 onto my laptop. Long story short, I didn’t like Windows 8 and used my recovery disks to get my laptop working again, and it does.

However, now I want to extract some important files I need from the external hard drive and I don’t know how. Also, when I try to open any of the files from the external hard drive, it tells me I don’t have permission to do so.

Please help. I hope I didn’t lose everything. Thanks so much for any help.

  1. Zhong Jiang
    January 9, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Perhaps if you change your account to administrative, the file will open. Have you tried any extraction software besides manually opening them? Have you successfully removed Windows 8 in place of 7?

  2. Matt Miller
    January 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    If your problem is simply not being able to extract the files because of permissions, you should try taking ownership of the files.
    This page from Microsoft should aid you if you don't know how to do it.

  3. susendeep dutta
    December 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Kindly have a look at the links below -

    It shows how to recover files from your PC after you did upgrading your OS.All old files are stored in Windows.old folder.

  4. Abba Jee
    December 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

    assuming you made a backup image on your 1 TB external hd, you can follow the FIDELIS process

    December 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Hello, can you tell me more about the version of windows 7 you are running? These are the instructions for windows 7 ultimate x64:

    -- click on start
    -- control panel
    -- system and security
    -- backup and restore
    -- under the Restore section, click on restore my files
    -- browse to your external and select the files
    -- click on next and wait

    Let me know how it goes. Keep in mind that if you created a system image your best bet is to recover that image first and then recover the files.

    • John Park
      January 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

      if you want any solution related to Microsoft backup or bkf related just read this blog with complete solution .

      i hope you got complete solution

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